Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Meskerem Mees, Jean-Marie Aerts, Carlos Garbin / Rosas

'EXIT ABOVE after the tempest'
  • Fri 24.11
    20:00 - 22:00
    Opera Gent
  • Sat 25.11
    20:00 - 22:00
    Opera Gent
  • Sun 26.11
    15:00 - 17:00
    Opera Gent

Join Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker on a ramblin’ expedition into the blues

In ‘EXIT ABOVE’, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker retraces her steps, so to speak, all the way back to the roots of dance. Her point of departure: ‘my walking is my dancing’ or walking as a primary form of movement – our ‘signature move’ as human beings. Musically, too, De Keersmaeker reaches into the past to dig up the roots of pop music, namely the blues, with its mysterious ‘blue notes’ that occupy a grey zone between minor and major, sadness and joy. 

The first destination of the performance is the song ‘Walking Blues’ by legendary American blues artist Robert Johnson. Singer-songwriter Meskerem Mees will adapt a series of ‘walking songs’ together with Jean-Marie Aerts (T.C. Matic) and dancer-guitarist Carlos Garbin

In ‘EXIT ABOVE’, walking meets the blues. For the choreography, De Keersmaeker once again unravels a simple movement to create spatial and physical complexity following geometric lines. The show plays with the tension between marching together and stepping out, between solitary, romantic wanderin’ and the political potential of a group of unarmed people marching in step – the individual and the collective, the line and the circle. In the process, De Keersmaeker traces the footsteps of iconic walkers.

choreography: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker - created with and danced by: Abigail Aleksander, Jean Pierre Buré, Lav Crnčević, José Paulo dos Santos, Rafa Galdino, Carlos Garbin, Nina Godderis, Solal Mariotte, Meskerem Mees, Mariana Miranda, Ariadna Navarrete Valverde, Cintia Sebők, Jacob Storer - music: Meskerem Mees, Jean-Marie Aerts, Carlos Garbin - music performed by: Meskerem Mees, Carlos Garbin - scenography: Michel François - light design: Max Adams - costume design: Aouatif Boulaich - text and lyrics: Meskerem Mees, Wannes Gyselinck - dramaturgy: Wannes Gyselinck - rehearsal directors: Cynthia Loemij, Clinton Stringer - artistic coordination and planning: Anne Van Aerschot - assistant to the artistic director: Martine Lange - tour manager: Jolijn Talpe - technical director: Freek Boey - technical coordination: Thomas Verachtert - technicians: Jonathan Maes, Thibault Rottiers - sounds: Alex Fostier - costume coördinator: Alexandra Verschueren - assisted by: Els Van Buggenhout - wardrobe: Els Van Buggenhout - sewing: Chiara Mazzarolo, Martha Verleyen - production: Rosas - coproduction: Concertgebouw Brugge, De Munt / La Monnaie, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Le théâtre Garonne (Toulouse), FONDOC - This production is realized with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, in collaboration with Casa Kafka Pictures – Belfius. Rosas is supported by the Flemish Community, the Flemish Community Commission (VGC), and by the BNP Paribas Foundation.